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CEO Insight's Top 20 Most Influential List

CEO Insight’s Most Influential list recognises enterprises that have reached the pinnacle of excellence and influence. These 20 companies have a vision that shapes the conceptual landscape of their respective industries, including finance, business, technology, design and law. They tick all the right boxes when it comes to facilities, professionalism, innovation and foresight. In choosing the list, our research fellowship appraised the nominations, suggestions and contributions of our readership, and it analysed new trends to unearth the best and brightest pioneers in business today. This introduction highlights just a few of the award winners.

 Information Security Forum 

Steve Durbin is Managing Director of the Information Security Forum (ISF). His main areas of focus include strategy, information technology, cyber security, digitalization and the emerging security threat landscape across both the corporate and personal environments. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on global business, technology and security issues. Mr. Durbin has served as an executive on the […]

Henley Business School

Henley Business School is a triple-accredited business school and part of the University of Reading. With campuses, offices and partnerships around the world, over 7,000 students from more than 100 countries and over 80,000 alumni from 160 countries, we are a truly international institution. Our courses are enriched by up to date knowledge, research and […]

Bermuda Aircraft Registry

The Bermuda Aircraft Registry has earned a world-class reputation for being safe and well-regulated. It was established as the first offshore Aircraft Registry and now ranks 10th in size when compared to the 192 signatory States to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The Registry is owned and managed by the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority […]

Euro Exim Bank

We aim to be one of the leading international trade finance institutions focused on innovation that accelerates international transactions and customer satisfaction. We implemented innovative payment channels with Ripple this year; connecting banks, payment providers and digital asset exchanges via RippleNet. The partnership aims to provide clients with a frictionless experience to send money globally. […]

NÄGELE Attorneys at Law

NÄGELE Attorneys at Law specializes in public and private commercial law with an emphasis on IT, Internet, capital markets, telecommunications, business, corporate, employment, contract, and property law. At NÄGELE Attorneys at Law, we are proud to represent international companies, regional SMEs and family businesses, as well as private individuals and public institutions. For more information: […]


Nuro is a robotics company that combines software and hardware expertise to design and build products that accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life. Nuro’s first product is a self-driving service for local goods transportation. The company is led by world-renowned experts in robotics, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Privately held, Nuro powers partnerships […]

Global Bank of Commerce 

Global Bank of Commerce Ltd. (“GBC”) is a Caribbean-owned and operated financial institution, licensed and regulated by Antigua and Barbuda’s Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC). Offering attractive financial products to its local, regional and international customers since 1983, it has the distinction of being called the “grandfather” of wholesale and international financial services operating in […]

The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU)

Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organisation of American States (OAS) among many other international organisations. Holders of the Antigua and Barbuda passport enjoy visa free travel to approximately 150 countries, including the U.K. and the countries of the Schengen area. The Citizenship by Investment […]

Templar Executives

Templar Executives is an award winning, international cyber security firm trusted by governments and multi-national organisations across all sectors. Our unique capability and experience optimises business outcomes through a holistic and tailored portfolio of cyber security services and solutions encompassing people, process, culture and technology. We operate at the highest levels across the public and […]


Ideagen is a UK-headquartered, global technology company quoted on the London Stock Exchange AIM market. The Group provides software and services to organisations operating within highly regulated industries such as aviation, banking and finance, life science, healthcare and manufacturing with its main operational premises spread throughout the UK, EU, US, Middle East and SE Asia. […]

Entrada Group

Entrada Group guides international manufacturers in establishing and running their own Mexico production, enhancing global competitiveness. Our manufacturing support platform and our strategically positioned, cost-competitive manufacturing campuses give small- and mid-sized international companies a production footprint for the North American market, with less cost and risk. As your Mexico experts, we handle all your general […]


Since 1978 Vertex has maintained an unwavering commitment to advance the capabilities of the corporate tax function through technology. A privately held company, Vertex is headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania and has offices across the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Vertex partners with leading software and service providers to deliver end-to-end solutions to clients worldwide, and […]

SOHAR Port and Freezone

SOHAR Port and Freezone is a deep sea port and adjacent free zone, situated in Oman midway between Dubai and Muscat. With investments of US$26 billion, over 3,000 ships a year and one million tonnes of cargo a week, it is one of the world’s fastest growing maritime developments, at the centre of global trade […]

Barents Re

Barents Re is a leading independent reinsurance group. Established in 1996, Barents Re has a well-established presence in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The company provides a wide range of niche and specialty reinsurance products to property and casualty insurers. On the commercial side, Barents Re is especially strong in Surety […]

Dublin Port Company

Dublin Port is Ireland’s premier port, handling almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland. Located in the heart of Dublin City and at the hub of the national road and rail network, Dublin Port is a key strategic access point for Ireland and in particular the Dublin area. Dublin Port’s volumes have […]

The Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC)

South Africa’s largest purpose-built exhibition, conference, convention and events venue, is one of the city’s best-known landmarks, and with 150,000 m² of space, 20,000 parking bays, 24 hour security, banking facilities, telecommunication services, five star in house catering facilities, easy access leading in and out of all halls and a highly qualified team to ensure […]

Liechtenstein Bankers Association

Established in 1969, the Liechtenstein Bankers Association is the domestic and international voice of the banks operating in and out of Liechtenstein. It is one of the country’s most significant associations and plays a key role in the successful development of the financial centre. Member interests are pursued in accordance with the principles of sustainability and […]

ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics & Management

ISEG’s mission is to create, share and enhance the social and economic value of knowledge and culture in the fields of Economics, Finance and Business Sciences, in a context of plurality and assurance of intellectual and scientific freedom, and respect for ethics and social responsibility. ISEG aims to be one of the best Schools of […]

Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova was formed in February 2005 as a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute to deliver advanced, robotic technology for seamless retail operations. In June 2018, we acquired the artificial intelligence company, HawXeye to further advance our AI capabilities within the retail environment which resulted in precise product recognition at large scale, highly […]

Elite Capital & Co.

Elite Capital & Co. (“ECC”) is a private limited company that provides project related services including Management, Consultancy and Funding, particularly for large infrastructure and commercial projects. Elite Capital & Co. Limited has made strategic alliances with several organisations and companies which have given us access to international markets in Asia, Africa, Middle East and […]

Destinations of Excellence 2018


This list features those FDI and MICE locations that lead the way when it comes to facilities, professionalism, vision and enterprise. The winning destinations have successfully implemented an offering based on their tangible local business and cultural heritage assets. Our jury has appraised the nominations, suggestions and contributions of the editorial team, unearthing the best and brightest pioneers in business today for our readership.

Nuremberg: MICE Central

Nuremberg in the German state of Bavaria is strategically positioned in the south of the country, affording ready access to the likes of Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, with event organisers and MICE buyers also attracted by its airport, located not much more than a stone’s throw from the city and providing short-haul routes that reach […]

Beyond Brexit: Hamburg

Hamburg and the United Kingdom have been linked through friendship for many centuries. Today, more than 4,000 British citizens have their permanent place of residence in Hamburg, and some 1,000 Hamburg-based companies are engaged in trade and business relations with the UK. These close ties extend to personal relation- ships, business and academia. The UK’s […]

MICE Opportunities in Russia

Events can be a powerful driver of meaningful results when coherently thought through, but conference planners can no longer expect monotone presentations with background PowerPoint slides in homogeneous conference halls to leave any sort of lasting impression. Attendees are getting bored with the routine destination choices, so whether you are organising a conference for clients, […]

Iceland’s Got the Power

Located half way between Europe and North America, Iceland is the Land of Fire and Ice. It is well known as having some of the largest glaciers in Europe and world’s most active geothermal areas. But did you now that Iceland also has a business environment that is highly efficient with a flexible labour market […]

Full Steam Ahead – Malta

‘We speak with Peter Cauchi, Head of Department at Conventions Malta regarding opportunities and support for events held in Malta’ CEO Insight: Can you outline the services you can offer international clients? Conventions Malta offers a number of services including the following: • We provide information about the destination and impartial advice to meeting, conference […]

Düsseldorf – On Track

Düsseldorf, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a veritable magnet for FDI. For many years it has attracted numerous global companies of renown looking for a gateway into Europe, and its popularity on this front shows no sign of abating, particularly in respect of companies from Japan, whose workers have had the option […]

Companies of Excellence 2018Companies of Excellence list acknowledges enterprises that are at the summit of achievement in terms of excellence, influence and professionalism.
These companies have a vision that shapes the conceptual landscape of inward investment, finance, business, technology, conferencing, design, architecture and law.

Excellence takes time, commitment and copious amounts of hard work. So we celebrate this. We present in our view, what constitutes such a recommendation. With this in mind we tip our hat and acknowledge the hard work, success and vision displayed. Throughout 2018 we will present you a selection of profiles and interviews celebrating  the  companies making the grade.


BELLIN: Fit for the Future

BELLIN was founded in 1998 by Martin Bellin. To this day, he remains CEO and the driving force behind this German global technology company that provides solutions for treasury and corporate banking. As the company celebrates its twentieth anniversary, we take a look at what the future holds for this company of excellence. BELLIN, the […]

Be Proactive

Zinnovate International: the brainchild of a man struck by the inefficiency and conservatism he encountered over many years working around freight and logistics. Based in Stockholm, Sweden and driven by Håkan Nilsson, a true global visionary activist, this uber-lean, inspirational and inventive IT and management consultancy has been central in catalysing the transformation of an […]

RA Shaw Designs

RA Shaw Designs constitutes the only single-source architecture and general contracting firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands and has built a reputation for fusing structure with topography, form with functionality and style with substance. Its status as a sought after full-service architectural design and construction firm is underpinned by the turnkey nature of the […]

Cyber Security: The Changing Face of the Boardroom

Over the past year Templar Executives has been experiencing an increasing number of requests from Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to support them in developing their own personal understanding of Cyber Security. The common aim is to be able to identify what they should be challenging their Boards on and how the NEDs can ensure assurance in […]

Digital Banking Revolution and ICS Financial Systems

The technology revolution has rapidly spread over the past few years, and many businesses are no longer just plain structures offering products or services but rather multifunctional structures with complex systems that integrate with the globalised world. Technological adaptability is now essential for businesses to grow and develop in any market, and financial institutions are […]

Keeping Time – People Behind the Brand

The luxury watch market has seen massive growth in the last 5 years and it’s not just the Swiss that produce the perfect timepieces. We sit down with Grímkell Sigurþórsson from JS Watch Company Reykjavik in Iceland on what it takes to get ahead in this industry.   Jamie Harrison: Let’s start from the beginning, […]